What are the types of guardianship?

TYPES OF GUARDIANSHIP

For adults, there are three types of guardians:

  1. Guardian of the Person - A guardian of the person makes decisions about medical care, education, and residential placement.
  2. Guardian of the Estate - A guardian of the estate handles money or property decisions.
  3. General Guardian - A general guardian is both a guardian of the person and of the estate.

A guardianship may be limited to allow the incompetent adult to retain his decision-making authority if he is competent to make decisions in one or more of the major areas of his or her life, such has the right to vote. This is referred to as a Limited Guardianship, with a guardian still being appointed to manage certain affairs or make decisions in certain areas of the person's life.

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